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Janne Poranen, Spinnova Ltd  (Finland)

09:00 – 10:00

BIOFOR Keynote

Session Chair: Orlando Rojas, UBC

“Spinnova Presence in the Bioeconomy”

Janne Poranen, (Executive Chairman of the Board and Founder), Spinnova Ltd  (Finland)

09:30 – 10:00

Networking Break

10:00 – 11:30

Papermaking Roundtable on Recycling

Session Chair: Javad-Reza Saberian, Kruger
  • 10:00 “Recycled Fiber End Use Developments”, Soile Kilpi, AFRY
  • 10:20  “Brown Fibre Recycling System Operations and Centrifugal Cleaning”, Mike Lopane, Kadant
  • 10:40 “Virgin vs Recycled Fibres: Thoughts for a Sustainable Future”, Gopal Iyengar, Andritz
  • 11:00 “A Technical Approach to a Successful Starch Replacement”, Mike Wallace, Kemira
  • 11:20 Roundtable discussion
Herbert Sixta, Aalto University  (Finland)

BIOFOR Keynote: 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Innovation Presentation

Session Chair: Orlando Rojas, UBC

 “Dissolving Pulp for the Production of Ioncell Fibers from Steam-Exploded Birch Wood”
Herbert Sixta,  (Professor and Winner of the 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize), Aalto University  (Finland)

BIOFOR Keynote

Session Chair: Orlando Rojas, UBC

“CIRC Experience in Advancing Cellulose Circularity”
Julie Willoughby, (Chief Scientific Officer) Circ

Julie Willoughby, (Chief Scientific Officer) Circ
Eric Ashby, VP  Manufacturing, Domtar Fort Mills

11:00 – 12:30

Mill Managers Reliability Better Practices Roundtable (closed session, by invitation only)

Session Chair: Eric Ashby, VP  Manufacturing, Domtar Fort Mills

30 min – Presentation by Eric Ashby on Reliability Better Practices

60 min – Better practice sharing by participants on Technology / people / process
Each organization will be invited to share a 1 slide presentation (5 min) on a better practice at their mill (staff, process, accounting, operations, HR) and that can be implemented by other mills.

A more detailed agenda will be forthcoming.

12:00 – 12:30

Networking and Lunch Break

12:30 – 14:00

Energy & Process

Session Chair: Serge Bédard, Natural Resources Canada
  • 12:30 “Integration of Carbon Capture in a Kraft Pulp Mill Operating Large-scale Lignin Extraction”, Elin Svenson & Henrik Skoglund, Chalmers University
  • 13:00 “Lime Kiln Fuel Switching- the Canadian context”, Kurt Woytiuk, FPInnovations
  • 13:30 “A Look at the Process Energy Needs, Bioenergy and GHG emissions related to Lignin Extraction”, Adam Rogerson, CanmetENERGY

Chemical Recovery & Utilities

Session Chair: Aaron Ferris, Irving Pulp & Paper
  • 12:30 “Spout Runner Automated Smelt Spout Cleaner”, Al Ankerson, Babcock & Wilcox (B&W)
  • 13:00 “Polyamine – system wide corrosion control for steam boilers”, François Lacoste, Veolia Water Technologies
  • 13:30 “Crack Formation and Growth in Superheater Deposits – Implications of Numerical and Experimental Results”, Nikolai DeMartini, U of Toronto

Process Optimization & Reliability

Session Chair: TBD
  • 12:30 “How to Reduce Costs and Increase Your Flow Measurements”, Beshr Alalawi, Laurentide
  • 13:00 “The Reliability University – An Initiative to Tackle Manpower Shortages”,  Yoann Urruty, Spartakus Technologies
  • 13:30 “Valve Performance Factors – Testing, Design & Selection”, Vincent Laroche,  CGIS

14:00 – 14:30

Networking Break

14:30 – 16:00

Tissue Making - Pulp Furnish for Tissue - Fibre Enhancement & Sustainability

Session Chair: Xuejun Zou, FPInnovations
  • 14:30 “Approaches to Overcome the Conflict of Strength and Softness Tissue Paper by Optimizing Fibre Properties”, Zhibin He, UNB (University of New Brunswick)
  • 15:00 “Improving Tissue Softness and Absorption Furnish Treatment and Embossing”, Hongbin Liu & Xingye An, TUST (Tianjin University of Science & Technology)
  • 15:30 “Carbon Footprint of Market Pulps: How to Measure It and Pathways to Reducing It”, Martin Fairbank, Martin Fairbank Consulting

Bleaching - Chemicals & Additives - II

Session Chair: Mona Henderson, Valmet
  • 14:30 “Recent Advances in EDT’s EnzOx Bleach Boosting Technology”,  Jim Tausche, EDT
  • 15:00 “You Have Several Bleaching Stages, why don’t you use them?”,  James Goldman, BTG
  • 15:30 “Hexeneuronic Acids (HexA) and Impact on Bleaching”, Risto Ikaheimo, Valmet


Session Chair: Talat Mahmood, FPInnovations
  • 14:30 “Moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBRs) treating wastewaters from the forest industry – Experience from more than two decades with pure MBBR and BAS™ processes”, C. Scott & D. Lamarre,  Veolia Water Technologies
  • 14:55 “Optimizing Dewatering Under Changing Sludge Characteristics”, Kerilynn Hnatuk, Alberta Newsprint Company & Scott McKay, Fournier Industries
  • 15:20 “Ways to Reduce Water Usage in your Facility and Meet ESG Commitments”, Steve Birtch, Aggreko
  • 15:40 “Environmental Noise Community Relations Management”, Pascal Everton, SoftDB

BIOFOR - PANEL on Emerging Innovations

Session Chair: Paul Stuart, Polytechnique Montréal
  • 14:30 “SMART Chips – InnotechAlberta“ Marcius deOliveira, Innotech Alberta
  • 14:50 “Lactic Acid Fermentation from Woody Biomass“ Shah Purnank and Simon Gandrieau, FPIinnovations
  • 15:10 “Bark and wood residues as a source of renewable reducing agent in metallurgy“ Simon Langlois, CEGEP TR
  • 15:30 “Valorization of waste lignocellulose biomass residues“ Ganesan Aravind, UQTR
  • 15:50 “SSEIF®, Lignum’s Biobased Functional Filler through Zero Waste Biorefinery“ Oh Jin Park, Lignum

16:00 – 17:00


*Please note the schedule is set on Eastern Standard Time (EST)